Seven steps to getting that perfect char on your burger

Welcome, grill masters and burger enthusiasts! If you're seeking to elevate your grilling game and experience the exquisite flavours of Wagyu beef, you've come to the right place. In this guide, we'll share essential tips and techniques to help you achieve the perfect char on those incredible Waagyu patties. Ensuring a mouth-watering and unforgettable culinary experience when enjoying those buns al-fresco.

Someone holding a Wagyu beef burger

Start with quality Wagyu beef

The foundation of a great Wagyu burger begins with sourcing high-quality beef. Only use reputable suppliers, like us, that offer authentic Wagyu beef renowned for its marbling and tenderness. The marbling, rich in flavour-enhancing fat, is what makes Wagyu burgers genuinely exceptional. Opt for well-marbled patties with a good balance of fat and meat. Remember, the quality of the beef will significantly influence the taste and texture of your final creation.


Allow the meat to reach room temperature

Before grilling, ensure your Wagyu beef is brought to room temperature. Allowing the meat to rest outside the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes ensures even cooking. This step is crucial for achieving a consistent char and ensuring the interior remains juicy and tender. Patience is key; don't rush the process. Let the meat reach the ideal temperature, and you'll be rewarded with a perfectly cooked Waagyu burger.


Preheat the grill to a high heat

To create a beautiful sear and char on your Waagyu burgers, it's essential to preheat your grill to high. Aim for a temperature of around 230-260°c to achieve that all-important caramelised exterior. A hot grill ensures a quick sear while preserving the natural juices within the meat. Allow the grill grates to become thoroughly heated before placing your Waagyu patties on the grill. Once you have the desired level of char on your burger, move them over to the indirect heat to allow them to cook to 71°c.

Wagyu burgers cooking on a grill

Oil that grill

To prevent the Wagyu beef from sticking to the grill grates, lightly oil the surface before cooking. Use a high smoke point oil like vegetable or rapeseed. Apply this using a folded paper towel or a brush, ensuring an even coating. This step not only prevents sticking but also aids in achieving those drool-worthy grill marks that enhance the visual appeal of your Waagyu burgers.


Season simply, let the meat shine

Wagyu beef is known for its incredible flavour, so keep the seasoning simple to allow the meat to shine. Generously sprinkle both sides of your burgers with high-quality sea salt and freshly ground black pepper just before grilling. These basic seasonings enhance the natural flavours of the beef without overpowering it.

Someone take a bite of a Wagyu beef burger

Remember, Wagyu's marbling provides excellent flavour, and a minimalist approach to seasoning allows the richness to take centre stage.


Grill with care and precision

Place your seasoned Wagyu burgers on the preheated grill and let them cook undisturbed. Avoid pressing down on the burgers, as this can cause the precious juices to escape, resulting in a drier burger. Aim for an internal temperature of 71°c. Use a reliable meat thermometer to ensure accuracy and prevent overcooking, as Wagyu beef is best enjoyed when cooked to perfection.


Rest, then assemble

After grilling, resist the temptation to dig right into your Wagyu burgers. Allow them to rest for a few minutes, covered loosely with foil. This crucial step enables the juices to redistribute within the meat, ensuring a moist and flavourful bite. 

While the burgers rest, prepare all the provided toppings and condiments. All of our toppings have been expertly selected by Chef Dean Banks and the Waagyu team to perfectly compliment the delicious flavours of the Wagyu beef.


With these expert tips, you're well on your way to becoming a grill master of our delicious Waagyu burgers. By sourcing quality beef, mastering the grill's heat, and practising precision, you'll create culinary delights that showcase the extraordinary qualities of Wagyu beef. Elevate your grilling experience and savour the decadent taste of a perfectly cooked Waagyu burger.

Head to our website today and order the most delicious Wagyu burgers available. We offer nationwide delivery to the mainland UK.

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